Comic publication used to be limited to publishers and syndicates. If those folks didn’t think you were funny, then there wasn’t much out there for you. And then came the web and the ease of self-publishing. As a result, webcomics are being created left and right by people of all walks of life (as long as those people have at least some creativity and web access). There are now thousands of webcomics, some that are extremely popular and some just getting off the ground. I think some of these webcomic creators are truly brilliant and want to start a regular series of posts called “Best Webcomics” highlighting some of my favorites. Check back regularly for insights on webcomics you may also enjoy.
One of My Favorites: The Oatmeal:
The Oatmeal is a webcomic created by Matthew Inman, a former web designer and lover of sriracha. His webcomics are a series of long vector-based cartoons illustrating some of the discrepancies of the world and making fun of others. Inman has been creating The Oatmeal for a few years and is not only hilarious and talented, but is a master at marketing and SEO. Through his genius antics, Inman has grown The Oatmeal to receive over 4.6 million hits per month on average in 2010, been featured on numerous interviews and shows, and recently was featured in TIME magazine. [source: Wikipedia]
Why I love The Oatmeal:
I love The Oatmeal because:
- the cartoons are well thought out
- the attention to detail
- about 98% of the cartoons speak to me (or at least the 16 year-old brain inside my adult mind)
- Inman made webcomics into a successful career (yay!)
- Inman continues to grow his vierwership (The Oatmeal Facebook fan page was nearing 940,000 fans when I wrote this)
- he is at the forefront of getting webcomics known in the world (a webcomic pioneer) and people like me can refer to his successes for insights on how to make our webcomics grow.
Here are my all time favorites from The Oatmeal:
- How a Web Design Goes Straight to Hell
- 7 Things You Really Don’t Need to Take a Picture of
- 10 Words You Need to Stop Misspelling
If you have not yet checked out The Oatmeal, take a few seconds and check out TheOatmeal.com OR visit a bookstore to pick up one of his latest books “My Dog: The Paradox” or “How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You.”